yawn·​er | \ ˈyȯ-nər How to pronounce yawner (audio) \

Definition of yawner

1 : one that yawns
2 : something that causes boredom the show was a real yawner

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Examples of yawner in a Sentence

The show was a real yawner. even die-hard opera fans are finding this production to be a real yawner
Recent Examples on the Web Thanks to the aerodynamic package that NASCAR came up with to promote better racing after last year's yawner at Daytona, the 43rd version of the stock car Super Bowl produced 49 lead changes among 14 drivers. Mike Harris, Star Tribune, "AP Was There: Earnhardt killed in 2001 Daytona 500 crash," 11 Feb. 2021 The Browns can make this one a yawner, so keep an eye on the scoreboard. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Olivier Vernon’s hot streak and 3 other things to watch in Browns vs. Jaguars," 28 Nov. 2020 This proposal is basically a yawner; no one should get exercised about it one way or the other. Barry Latzer, National Review, "Democrats Prefer ‘Reforming’ the Criminal-Justice System to Punishing Criminals," 17 Feb. 2020 And the 'Fight of the Century' between world-champion boxers Emmanuel 'Manny' Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. turned out to be a 'yawner,' which prompted this lawsuit. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mayweather, Pacquiao Knock Out Fans' Suits Over Fight of the Century," 22 Nov. 2019 Baker Mayfield threw three interceptions, and Odell Beckham’s debut was a yawner, with seven catches for 71 yards and no touchdowns. BostonGlobe.com, "But for several teams with big expectations, Week 1 was kind of a dud.," 11 Sep. 2019 Ironically, The Windows 10 October 2018 Update was supposed to be a yawner, with unexciting improvements and minor new features. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve," 13 Nov. 2018 The Head and the Heart, meanwhile, didn't do itself any favors by opening with a string of mid-tempo yawners. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "5 reasons Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson and friends made Outlaw festival the place to be," 24 June 2018 The opening game of the 2018 World Cup was a yawner. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "This is the full-length version of funny World Cup commercial with Messi, Luis Suarez," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of yawner

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Yawner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yawner. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of yawner

: a person who yawns
informal : something that is very boring

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